NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson man will spend 25 years in prison following his sentencing in federal court on Monday, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Reinaldo Rodriguez, 30, was found guilty of charges including conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute heroin after a four-day trial in April.
Court documents showed that Rodriguez participated in the distribution of heroin in Paterson between June 2015 and April 20, 2016. He and other conspirators obtained the illegal drugs, packaged and stamped using names such as “Goosebumps”, “Transformers,” and “New Jack City,” in the Bronx and made it available to street level dealers.
The heroin was either sold in the Paterson area or re-distributed to street-level drug dealers in suburban areas, including but not limited to, Morris County, New Jersey, and Rockland County, New York.
Arrested along with seven others, Rodriguez,has been in custody since May, 2016. His previous felony drug distribution conviction, according to previous reports, make him susceptible to the stricter sentencing guidelines.
Rodriguez was captured after being heard discussing drug trafficking on wiretaps and delivering heroin to confidential law enforcement source while under surveillance.
Carpenito credited special agents and task force officers of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, and the Paterson Police Department, for the investigation that led to the conviction.